Winter precipitation can be good for spring crops. But what happens if the weather gets too cold or the standing water or snow sticks around too long on alfalfa fields or if the crop is drought-stressed prior to winter weather? Some research shows winterkill could be a problem.
What is winterkill?
As one of the most important legumes in agriculture, alfalfa is commonly fed to livestock and horses since the cool season legume is highly coveted for its protein value. Put quite simply, alfalfa plants can be killed by cold temperatures.